Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton couldn’t hide his joy after making his debut for Manchester United in the Champions League.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper made his long-awaited first appearance for the Reds as he came on as a second-half substitute for Dean Henderson in the 65th minutes United was held to a 1-1 draw by Young Boys on Wednesday night.

Heaton spent his Academy days with the Reds before leaving the club in 2010, going on to become a Premier League goalkeeper for both Burnley and Aston Villa before returning to his boyhood side this summer.

“You know, the idea of me coming back here was to strive to get into the team. Tonight has been the first opportunity at that. I was hoping it was going to come early but I’ve been working for a long time for this moment and it was great to be out there tonight.

“It felt great. You know, playing at Old Trafford in front of a capacity crowd, you know, it was always going to be a great feeling.

“Having come here as a visitor, I’ve always enjoyed it, but today, to wear the home shirt, my first competitive debut was obviously a brilliant moment. I loved every minute of it. But yeah, you cross the white line, the focus is obviously on doing the job. Once that’s sort of settled down. Now I have just an appetite for more. You know, I felt great and I want to kick on from here,” Heaton said.

Heaton first joined Reds as a trainee all the way back in 2002 but is currently below the pecking order at Old Trafford as David de Gea and Henderson are still the prefered candidates for the goalkeeping duty.

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